HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The state’s top lawyer is joining dozens of other states in an effort to secure the second amendment freedom for some teenagers. Attorney General Luther Strange filed a joint lawsuit challenging a federal restriction of gun rights for young adults. He says 18 year olds are old enough to own guns.
Strange signed onto the lawsuit with 21 other states. Strange told WHNT NEWS 19 he is confident the lawsuit will win because the second amendment is well-established.
Strange believes he is standing up for a very important principle, the second amendment, which he calls a critical freedom.
“This issue involving 18, 19 and 20 year olds and their ability to under federal law to purchase guns is important to me and many other states as well,” said Strange.
Alabama and 21 other states agree with the National Rifle Association’s challenge against a federal law restricting the sale of handguns to young adults aged 18-20.
“I think it is helpful when you deal with constitutional freedoms like the second amendment to make sure the states weigh in because it involves the state constitution and the relationship with the federal constitution,” added Strange.
Some sheriffs in the state have stated they are concerned about guns being in the hands of 18, 19 and 20 year olds.
“I have the greatest respect for our sheriffs, but we ask these 18, 19 and 20 year olds to go to war. They are certainly mature enough to train in the military and defend our country. I think the sheriffs and all law enforcement has enough discretion if they think a person shouldn’t be entitled to a handgun, they can exercise that discretion,” added Strange.
Strange said each day the restriction for young adults remains effective, it furthers the misconception the second amendment is a second-class right.